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Kansas GOP Looking Ahead To Next Election

Nadya Faulx
KMUW/File photo
State treasurer Ron Estes, with his wife, Susan, speaks at the Sedgwick County GOP "victory party" Tuesday night.

The Kansas GOP chairman says the party is already looking ahead to next year's races, including for school boards and city councils.

At a "victory party" in Wichita, Kelly Arnold said voters responded well to the Republican message all the way down the ballot this election. Several Sedgwick County Republican incumbents held their seats in the Legislature, including District 85 Rep. Chuck Weber, District 16 Sen. Ty Masterson and Senate President Susan Wagle.

“We understand there’s difficulties out there, we understand the challenges we continue to face in Topeka," Arnold said.

Now, Arnold says the party will start preparing for next year’s municipal elections. It’s the first time they'll be held in the fall of an odd-number year--instead of the spring--after the Legislature passed a measure in 2015.

“Now we have a whole year to prepare for those, to help recruit candidates, a whole year for those candidates to campaign," Arnold said.

He says the party wants to continue to grow its base in Sedgwick County.


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Nadya Faulx is KMUW's Digital News Editor and Reporter, which means she splits her time between working on-air and working online, managing news on KMUW.org, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She joined KMUW in 2015 after working for a newspaper in western North Dakota. Before that she was a diversity intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.